Preliminary Preparation - Before You Start
Creating Your Website
1. Plan the information and images you would like on your web
We have already set out the basic structure of an artists
website, by setting up a few pages so all websites will have the
- Home Page
- Contacts Page
- Gallery Page
We have also put suggestions of what information would normally
appear on these pages, but you will need to fill in the details.
You will also need to decide how you would like to group
your gallery images. You can have up to 12 images on each gallery
page and up to 10 gallery pages. Possible suggestions for
- Type, e.g. still life, figure, landscape, abstract, etc,
- Sold or available,
- Current and previous work,
- Or perhaps a combination of these, or some other grouping.
In addition to the standard artists pages we have set up, you
may wish to create additional pages of your own. You can have up
to three additional pages. These might be
- A separate, exhibitions page (rather than having this
information on the Biography page),
- Information about how to purchase your art,
- Background information about yourself,
- Or anything else.
2. Photograph your artwork
You will need digital images of your artwork. If you do not
want to get your work photographed by a professional
photographer, following the tips below, should help you to
get the best results:
easiest way to get digital images of your work is to
photograph them with a digital camera.
If you do
not have a digital camera, most film developers can convert
conventional camera film into digital images, which they can
copy onto a disk for you. These images can then be copied
onto your computer.
best to photograph your work outside, so that you do not
need to use a flash.
the sun can give too much glare so take on a bright but
overcast day, or take the picture in the shade.
pictures should be removed from the glass, as glazing often
results in pictures being out of focus and may also cause
3. Prepare your images for uploading on to your website
Your digital images will still need some minor amendments
before they can be loaded up to the website:
the picture frame -
general practice to remove the picture frame and any
background from the images. See the Gallery page
Examples. This can be done by cropping the image
using photo editing software.
Images can also be enhanced by adjusting the contrast,
colour. The best way is just to experiment and see what looks
best. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the images
should still look like the original artwork.
images to a lower resolution -
modern digital cameras take the pictures at a much higher
resolution than is required for display on a computer
screen. This makes the images very large and therefore the
pages are very slow to be displayed which can be frustrating
for visitors to your website. All images on
Websites For Artists websites will therefore be automatically
resized to give the maximum detail required for display on a
screen, but no more than is necessary (typically size will
be 450 pixels high. Before uploading
your images to our website, you will need to resize them so
are no more than 800 pixels wide by 600
pixels high. and at least
450 pixels high. (See
Resizing Your Images for details
of how to do this). Without this
size restriction the pages would be quite slow.
Another advantage of resizing the images in this way is
that it helps to protect your copyright. This is because
images at higher resolutions may be able to be reproduced,
for postcards, or small prints, but displaying them at this
lower resolution will mean that this would not be possible.
Now you are ready to begin creating your website. See
Creating Your Website